The Energy Center at UTEP is working with area affordable housing providers to construct ten passive solar homes. Currently, passive solar technology is underutilized because many people it requires special materials and complicated designs that have unusual architectural styling.
All State agencies have been mandated to reduce their energy consumption by 15% of 1990 levels by 1995.
The State of Texas owns and operates approximately 13,300 buildings enlosing 157 million square feet that cost about $237 million to heat and cool each year. A 15% savings on utility bills would inject over $35 million into the State budget each year and the potential is probably much larger.
The Energy Center at the University of Texas at El Paso is participating in the creation of a State-wide database of energy use. The State Agency Natural Resource End-Use Database (SANRED) project is compiling whole building electric energy use, natural gas use, other fuels, and water use for State agencies and making the data available as a management tool that will allow energy managers to lower usage and save money.